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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator

 

Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Nicole_morasca@pvusd.net


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Scholarship List

 

 

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January 2020

 

STEM Scholars Program at Gettysbury College

Amount: Full Scholarship Deadline: January 15, 2020

Must be attending Gettysburg College. Eligibility-1. Be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.2. Demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE. 3. Be enrolled as a full-time student.4. Intend to major in one of the following: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Health Sciences or Environmental Studies (BSc only, with an interest in one of the following concentrations: Earth System Science, Marine and Freshwater Ecology or Wildlife and Conservation Biology)or Phycology.

 

Profiles in Courage Scholarship Contest

Amount: $100-$10,000 Deadline: January 17, 2020

To be eligible for the JFK Library "Profile in Courage Scholarship" contest you must be an United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. Essay required- see webpage for details.

APIA Scholarship

Amount:$2,500-$20,000    Deadline: January 22, 2020 2pm

APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students. Criteria:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2020.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year using the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by early April 2020
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online

 

 

Orange Scholars Scholarship Program

Amount: up to $2,500      Deadline: January 20, 2020

Applicant must be the dependent of a full- or part-time hourly associate of The Home Depot and its subsidiaries. Applicant's parent/legal guardian must be a Home Depot associate for at least one year as of November 1, 2018 and must be a Home Depot associate at the time the scholarship is awarded. Based on financial need and academic performance, as well as community involvement and leadership. Financial need is given the highest consideration. Applicant must be a current high school senior. Applicant must attend an accredited, non-profit two-or four-year college/university.

 

Elks National Foundation Legacy Award

Amount: $4,000     Deadline: January 31, 2020

Any child or grandchild of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2017, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2017, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2020. Great-grandchildren are not eligible. If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge. Must be a high school senior. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by December 31, 2019.

EQuality Scholarship

Amount: Up to $6,000      Deadline: January 31, 2020

Service to the LGBTQ community, Leadership, hardship or special circumstances, academic achievement. Must be available for an interview. For full criteria, visit the website. No SS# needed

 

February 2020

 

Bay Federal Credit Union Education Scholarship

Amount: $1,500,  Deadline: February 1, 2020

Open to high school seniors who plan to pursue their education at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Applicants must also be members of Bay Federal Credit Union, which means they must: 1.  Live, work, or attend school in Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Benito Counties, and 2.  Have (or open) a Bay Federal savings account with at least $5 in it when submitting their applications. Essay, letter of recommendation, transcripts, other supporting documents neeed. No SS# needed

Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County Scholarships

Amount:$1,000-$5,000      Deadline: February 6, 2020

These scholarships are available to Santa Cruz County students for undergraduate study at a college, university or vocational school. Students can apply for more than one scholarship using one application. No SS# needed for some of the scholarships 

 

CSUMB Scholarships

Amount: $500-$8,000  Deadline: February 14, 2020

Application opens October 1st. Attending CSUMB in Fall 2020. There are over 30 scholarships you can be considered for. Personal statement, transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation required.

 

AGRI-CULTURE 2020 SCHOLARSHIPS (Jimmie Cox, Jeannie Witmer, J.J. Crosetti, and Laura Brown-Apply one application)

Amount: Varies  Deadline: February 14, 2020                                             Criteria for all scholarships: Selection will be based on the student’s scholastic record, agricultural potential, special activities, personal history, letters of recommendation, and financial need. 

         Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship - $4,000 – Majoring in  

         agriculture

Eligibility: Student and/or their legal guardian must reside either in  Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries, or be a current member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.

Award: The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment in college. The award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (maximum of 4 years) and issued proportionately during the school year.

 

          Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship - $1,500

          Majoring in agriculture and/or animal sciences

Eligibility: Student must be active (past or present) in the California High School Rodeo Association District 4 (San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco counties) or a California 4-H Horse program in the same geographic area.

Award: The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment in college or a professional technical school.

                 J.J. Crosetti, Jr. Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 – Majoring in

           agriculture

Eligibility: Student and/or their legal guardian must live either in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries, or be a current member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.

Award: The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment in college. The award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (maximum of 4 years) and issued proportionately during the school year.

           Laura Brown Memorial Scholarship - $2,000

          Majoring in agriculture or a related field, or culinary arts

Eligibility: Student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5 and reside either in Santa Cruz County or the Pajaro Valley. Preference will be given to qualified students who have been members of 4-H.

Award: The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment In college. The award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (maximum of 4 years) and issued proportionately during the school year.

 

California Strawberry Scholarship

Amount: $400 to $5,000     Deadline: February 15, 2020

Merit based scholarship, maintain a GPA 2.0 or higher. Parent or student be currently employed as a strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior 2 harvest seasons.  Monies can be used at a trade school, community college, or 4 year university. No SS# needed

Daughters of the American Revolution

Amount: Varies       Deadline: February 15, 2020

All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. They offer a variety of scholarships with different criteria.  There is one application for the following scholarships in blue. Please click on Daughters of the American Revolution title above to apply to all of the scholarships in blue.

The Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture ScholarshipAmount: Full or partial tuition and room and boardThe scholarship is for graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale who will be entering an accredited college or university located in the United States as a freshman with a major in horticulture.  The applicant must be a U.S. citizen residing in the state of California.  The scholarship shall cover full or partial tuition and full or partial funding for room and board, books and educational supplies. The actual amount of the scholarship will be determined each year based on the income generated by the principal of the fund. 

Nellie Love Butcher Music ScholarshipAmount: Up to $5,000  This scholarship is for a male or female music student who is pursuing an education in piano or voice. Special consideration shall be given to students currently attending the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. A performance CD (compact disc) must be submitted with the application. All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. 

Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship – EnglishThe Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship – English is a scholarship in the amount of $4,000 year for up to four consecutive years to students who are pursing undergraduate or graduate degrees in English. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale used by the educational institution.  An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Reporter General each year by July 10th or the scholarship is forfeited.

Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship – MathThe Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship – Math is a scholarship in the amount of $4,000 year for up to four consecutive years to students who are pursing undergraduate or graduate degrees in Math. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale used by the educational institution.  An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Reporter General each year by July 10th or the scholarship is forfeited.

Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship – ScienceThe Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship – Science is a scholarship in the amount of $4,000 year for up to four consecutive years to students who are pursing undergraduate or graduate degrees in Science. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale used by the educational institution.  An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Reporter General each year by July 10th or the scholarship is forfeited.

Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger 
American History Scholarship
The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school students who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and American Government. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.  This scholarship is renewable. This award is intended to promote the study of our country's history among our finest students. U.S. Citizens residing abroad may apply through a Units Overseas Chapter.The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is an award of $2,000 each year for up to four years with annual transcript review by the National Chairman required for renewal.

The Lucinda Beneventi Findley History ScholarshipA one-time $2,000 scholarship awarded to two graduating high school seniors that have demonstrated advance interest in history and are planning to major in or pursue the study of history in a full-time accredited college or university in the United States.  The applicant must have a GPA of 3.25. 

Dr. Francis Anthony Beneventi Medical ScholarshipA preferred amount $5,000 scholarship awarded to one student either attending or planning to attend an approved, accredited medical school, college, or university. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. This scholarship is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration each year for up to four consecutive years, pending receipt of proof of continued enrollment (no pre–med, veterinarian, or physician assistant), and after the first semester, an annual transcript review indicating a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial ScholarshipThe Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med, veterinarian or physician assistant) at an approved, accredited medical school. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.This scholarship is also available to students who have been accepted into or who are pursuing an approved course of study in the field of psychiatric nursing at the graduate level at accredited medical schools, colleges, or universities. There is a preference to females "if equally qualified."

Caroline E. Holt Nursing ScholarshipA one-time $2,500 award is given to three students who are in financial need and who have been accepted or is currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. A letter of acceptance into a nursing program or a transcript stating the applicant is in a nursing program must be included with the application. 

Occupational/Physical Therapy ScholarshipThe Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to two students  who are in financial need and have been accepted or are attending an accredited school of occupational therapy (including art, music, or physical therapy).

AR American Indian ScholarshipThis scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.  However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. There will be no exceptions.This is a one-time $4,000 award.

 

Youth on Course College Scholarships

Amount:$4,000-$20,000  Deadline :February 17, 2020 11pm

You must be a high school senior, enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a member of Youth on Course(you can join today at youthoncourse.org/join). Scholarships are need and merit-based.
You must be accepted for enrollment at a four-year college/university the same year the scholarship is awarded.

The Dream.US Scholarship

Amount: Up to $25,000     Deadline: February 27, 2020

 1. You are eligible to apply for our scholarship if you meet the following eligibility criteria (and the additional eligibility criteria set forth below):

You must have current DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the following immigration eligibility criteria:

  • Came to the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since November 1, 2014 up to the present time and have had no lawful status;
  • Are currently in high school or have graduated from a United States high school or obtained a general education development (GED) certificate from a United States Program; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors in the categories which would have disqualified you for DACA, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

 2. Have significant unmet financial need;

 3.Have graduated or will graduate from a United States high school (or have  earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) by the end of the 2019-20 academic year;

4.Graduated or will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;

5.Are not and have not previously been enrolled in a four-year institution or bachelor program and have not earned more than 21 credits in a community college (not counting credits earned in a pre-college or dual enrollment program in high school);

6.Intend to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College no later than the Spring term of 2020-21 academic year; and

7.Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (not applicable if it is a private Partner College).

 

Native Daughters of the Golden West/ Mae B. Wilkin/Phyrne Lorenz Scholarship

Amount: $5,000   Deadline: February 29, 2020

Male and Female applicants with a 3 or above GPA, have taken the SAT/ACT, High school senior in Santa Cruz County who has been accepted or anticipates being accepted to a four year college. U.S. Citizen. Autobiography, essay and official transcripts needed.

 

March  2020

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy In America Grand Lodge of California and Sons of Italy Western Foundation Academic Scholarship

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2020

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2020. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy In America Grand Lodge of California and Sons of Italy Western Foundation Italian Language Study Grant

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2020

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2020. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy In America Grand Lodge of California and Sons of Italy Western Foundation Athletic 2020 Scholarship

For students pursuing a degree in sports or a sports related field. Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2020. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

 

 

California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$8,000   Deadline: March 6, 2020

To qualify for the scholarship students must have a parent or legal guardian who was employed by a California winegrape grower during the current or past growing season. Be graduating from high school and planning to attend a California four-year university/state college or a two-year community college in the fall. Transcripts, SAT/ACT, letter of recommendation, and essay required.

 

Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000 Deadline: March  6, 2020

Be a Central Coast high school senior; Plan to major in viticulture or enology at either Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Transcripts, SAT/ACT, letter of recommendation, and essay required.

Coach Gene Johnson Student Athlete Nonendowed Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: March 6,2020

WHS students: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Must be a one-sport athlete that has received a block W at Watsonville High school with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Prefer a student with academic capabilities, desire, and athletic potential to continue to a four-year college. Must enroll in 12 or more units at Cabrillo College for Fall 202 semester

 

2020 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Amount: $2,000  Deadline: March 7, 2020

Applicant must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent at an accredited high school with a grade point average minimum of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicant should be actively involved in her or his local community.

Joyce Ridgway Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500     Deadline: March 13, 2020

Must be female, minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed a minimum of 6 seasons of sports at the high school level and have earned a minimum of 2 varsity letters, and have demonstrated leadership in school activities and/or on school teams. Have documented incidents demonstrating integrity and self-sacrifice for teammates and school athletic programs. Need Letter of recommendation from principal, coach or athletic director, and member of the community.

 

Jeff Lamb Scholarship

Amount: $500     Deadline: March 13, 2020

The ideal candidate are student athletes who have exhibited an interest in becoming a teacher/coach and eventually attain leadership in the Athletic Director role.

The Corralitos Women's Club Scholarship

Amount:TBD     Deadline: March 15, 2020

Applicants must be a high school student in a  Pajaro Valley School with a minimum 3.5 GPA; or resident in one of the following zip codes: 95076, 95019, 95003; and be a U.S. Citizen

 

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Amount:$400 Deadline: March 15, 2020   

Total cumulative GPA of at least 3.2and meet all of the requirements in either #1 or #2: 1) Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established. or 2) if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the student must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established -membership of a Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is mandatory for #2.

Farm Worker Scholarship (CWA)

Amount:$500-$2,000  Deadline: March 18, 2020

Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 1) Must be employed as a farm laborer or have at least one parent or a spouse who has been employed as a farm laborer for two consecutive seasons in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 2) Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a degree from an accredited trade school in any subject area. 3) If the applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

 

Women Pursing Degrees in Agriculture Scholarship (CWA)

Amount:$500-$2,000  Deadline: March 18, 2020

Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 1) Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or a degree from an accredited trade school in agriculture or related subject area. This scholarship is only for under graduate degrees and trade schools. 2) If applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher  The Women Pursuing Degrees in Agriculture scholarship is for women who want to major in an Ag related field such as crop science or animal production.  This scholarship in not for Environmental Science or Forestry.

April  2020

MOAA Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2020

Eligible applicants must be entering or already pusuing a college degree and have ties to Santa Cruz County. Preference will be given to: (1) students who will pursue a military career,  (2) students whose parents, grandparents or sibling have served or are serving in the military and (3) students who are closely related to a Military Officers Association Santa Cruz member

 

Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: April 1, 2020

The scholarship will be awarded to one high school or university student. Essay: How do you envision using your interests, skills, and career in technology to make the world a better place?

Criteria:

  • Must be a current high school or college student.
  • Must be a woman.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
  • All GPAs will be considered.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply
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Angel Joel Montes II Scholarship

Amount:$250 Deadline: April 10, 2020

Must be a graduating senior from Watsonville High School. Preference will be given to students interested in majoring in business; however, this scholarship is open to any student entering college after graduating high school.

May 2020

1800wheelchair.com Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2020

Visual Contest- Please review website for details

Criteria:

  • Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled at the graduate level, undergraduate level or your final year of high school
  • Aged sixteen (16) years or older
  • Carry a status of "good standing" (i.e. currently enrolled)
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)

There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome

 

B. Davis Scholarship

Amount:$1,000             Deadline: May 22, 2020

Essay open to high school juniors and seniors. See site for topic. Submissions must be sent by email to awards@studentawardsearch.com

June 2020

 

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: June 30, 2020

3.0 GPA or higher, must attend an accredited university in the U.S.A in the fall.

Essay

 

Ongoing Scholarships

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: Monthly

Open to juniors and seniors. Students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the scholarship.

 

Monterey County Hospitality Association

Amount: Up to $2,000 

The Scholarships assist students pursing degrees in hotel management, culinary studies, wine and other hospitality fields. Priority goes first and foremost to Monterey county residents. Applicants from San Benito and Santa Cruz counties will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale a minimum of 100 hours of hospitality/wine related work or internship experience; have applied and gained acceptance to a hospitality/wine related post-secondary program either full-time or substantial part-time in the US or US territories .

Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund

Amount: $250-$2,500 

Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements. Students will the highest scores at the end of each completion win.

Marine Corps NROTC

Amount: Full tuition

Must be a US citizen.  SAT scores of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 22.  Apply to one of the approved NROTC colleges.  For more information, contact Captain Melanie Clifton at 510-714-3144 or melanie.clifton@marines.usmc.mil  

Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program.  Sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly.  

 

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Scholarships 

Amount: $1,000 

Scholarships are awarded based on talent, merit, academic excellence and financial need.  Must attend AMDA.  Visit www.amda.edu for more information

 

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